Where The Money Lies For The College Football Playoffs

  • The Alabama Crimson Tide have -115 odds to cover a 13.5-point spread over the Cincinnati Bearcats.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs have -105 odds to cover a 7.5-point spread on the Michigan Wolverines.

INDIANAPOLIS – The College Football Playoffs are nearing and it is time to start looking at where the public is laying their money. Looking at the games, the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats in the Cotton Bowl. In the Orange Bowl, the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines will go up against the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs.

Cotton Bowl: No. 1 Alabama Vs. No. 4 Cincinnati

Alabama Vs. Cincinnati Odds

  • Moneyline: Alabama (-500) vs. Cincinnati (+360)
  • Spread: Alabama -13.5 (-115)
  • Total: 57.5 Points

Online gambling sites have given Alabama a 13.5-point spread in their favor to open up the game. This should come as no surprise being that Alabama is the best team in the country right now and the leading Power Five school while Cincinnati is the first Group of Five school to make the College Football Playoffs.

While Alabama sits with a 7-6 record against the spread, they have covered a 13.5-point spread in 8 of their 12 wins. It is also worth noting that in Cincinnati’s last seven games of the season, they have gone 3-4 ATS.

Looking at the public, Alabama is taking in 80% of the total bets on the spread and 91% of the betting handle. On the moneyline, it is a similar scenario with Alabama seeing 88% of the bets and 67% of the money.

Orange Bowl: No. 2 Michigan Vs. No. 3 Georgia

Michigan Vs. Georgia Odds

  • Moneyline: Georgia (-290) vs. Michigan (+240)
  • Spread: Georgia -7.5 (-105)
  • Total: 45.5 Points

Both college football betting sites and public betting splits have had a tough time with these odds. While Georgia is heavily favored on the moneyline, it is Michigan who is favored to cover the 7.5-point spread.

Michigan comes into this one favored to cover the spread being that they have the best record ATS in the country. The Wolverines have gone 11-2 against the spread and are covering by an average of 10.6 points while they are winning their games by an average of 21.6 points.

Not to take anything from what Georgia has done, they have gone 8-5 against the spread. However, their cover margin is behind Michigan’s as they are covering by 6.3 points on average. They do though have the highest win margin this season at 29.8 points.

Even with the Bulldogs having the highest win margin, the public is in favor of the Wolverines covering at 69% of the bets and 68% of the handle. On the moneyline, the split is 50/50 on the total bets places, however, sharps are throwing big money on Michigan with 84% of the money.